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Photos: Scottish Hillrally

Some great photos courtesy of Craig Davidson www.Craig-Davidson.co.uk – showing us on our way to our two ‘top three’ times on Burnt Hill on the Saturday of the Perthshire Scottish Hillrally. These photos really seem to give an impression of the speed of this fast and flowing gravel stage!

Maximum attack at Burnt Hill

Maximum attack at Burnt Hill

Flat out on the Burnt Hill

Keeping it lit on Burnt Hill

Press Release: Muddy Moo dominates in Scotland

Scottish Perthshire Hillrally 2009

Muddy Moo tackles the gruelling Cambusbarron stage

Muddy Moo tackles the gruelling Cambusbarron stage

Witney based off-road racing team Friesian Racing dominated the production categories at the recent Scottish Perthshire Hillrally and scored one of the best ever overall placings for a production based vehicle on the gruelling moorland event with eighth overall and first Super Production car.

“The Perthshire Hillrally is one of the more extreme events on the off-road calendar.” says driver, Henry Webster (Long Hanborough, Witney)

“The open moorland stages in the Ochil Hills above Perth really favour the lighter buggies, so we are thrilled to be so far up the running order!”

Even before the event the team were in a race against time after Henry had crashed their Land Rover Discovery, “Muddy Moo” on a recent foray to the French Tout Terrain championship, where once again the team showed they had the pace to take on the best in Europe.

Some late nights and long weekends in the workshop from all the team, saw Muddy Moo back in fine shape for the Scottish Perthshire Hillrally and ready to take on the worst the terrain could throw at her!

Flat out on the gravel of Fanny Hill

Flat out on the gravel of Fanny Hill

The opening forest stage was one of the few stages where the team could expect to battle for the overall placings, as the smoother flowing nature suited the production cars better than the rough moorland sections. With no chance to play themselves in gently, Henry and co-driver Joel Haylock (Burton Green, Kenilworth) stamped their authority on the event with an eighth fastest on the opening test.

A big impact on the nearside front on the second moorland stage – Cambusbarron, led to a puncture which lost the guys nearly six minutes and dropped them out of the top ten. “The puncture was frustrating!” said Joel.

“As we were really flying up until then and the car was running really well!”

In twelfth place overnight the team had plenty of work to do on the second day. Once again they capitalised on the greater number of forest stages on this year’s event, by taking a fourth fastest and two third fastest times on the sweeping gravel and despite struggling to keep-up with the lightweight specials on the moorland stages, Henry and Joel clawed their way back to an excellent eighth overall and a dominant class win.

A bit of the Pyrenees in central Scotland?

A bit of the Pyrenees in central Scotland?

Once again Henry paid tribute to the quality of parts supplied by Abingdon based Land Rover parts wholesaler Allmakes 4×4.

“It’s always a major challenge just to get to the end of a ‘Scottish’, it’s one of the hardest events in the sport and lots of folk don’t make it! For us to do so well here, against the buggies is fantastic and it says amazing things about the quality of the components that Allmakes supply to us!”

“Our new suspension is now also beginning to work wonders – Milner Off Road’s Varidamp racing shockers have enabled us to traverse the terrain much faster than we would have previously thought possible.”

Thanks to Mo and Jo Brinkman for the excellent photos.

Video – Scottish Perthshire Hillrally 2009

Some excellent quality footage from the Cambusbarron stages including coverage of us getting it a bit lairy at 1’51”!

8th Overall – Scottish Perthshire Hillrally

Just back from one of the hardest Scottish Perthshire Hillrallies ever clutching the trophies for eighth overall and first in class.

We’ll post a full report later, but I would like to quickly thank all the guys who made it happen.

Thanks to those who helped put the car back together after our French experiences – Joel, Andrew, Nigel and Tony for the bits!

Thanks to those who fed, watered, and serviced for us this weekend: Sue, Andrew, Lesley and Daisy.

Thanks to the organisers for an excellent event, one of the hardest, but incredibly rewarding! From the competitors point of view the organisation was excellent! Special thanks to Ian Stuart, Andy Mills, Janis McLure and CLO Sharon Scott, although I appreciate that there are many others who put in a ton of work and made this event a reality.

To the competitors; where were you all? You missed a cracking event!

And finally to my sponsors Allmakes 4×4 and especially Sue Benge who sorted us out with all our last minute parts panics and also supplied us with the very best in quality to last this gruelling event.


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